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Italy v South Africa: live stream, kick off,Preview, head to head and teams

Italy v South Africa: live stream, kick off,Preview, head to head and teams

Italy v South Africa: Springboks out to bury Azzurri demons

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South Africa return to Italy for the first time on Saturday since their historic defeat by the Azzurri in Florence last year, which coach Allister Coetzee called the darkest moment of his career.

The 54-year-old Coetzee knows that his future could depend on how the Springboks perform in the north-eastern city of Padua.

At the time of Italy’s historic 20-18 victory, it had looked that Coetzee would not see out 2016, but he survived and has rebuilt a squad which contains just five survivors from last year’s defeat to Italy.

The Springboks arrive in Italy after bouncing back from a record 38-3 drubbing by Ireland two weeks ago by edging France 18-17 in Paris last Saturday.

But Coetzee knows how motivated Italy will be to prove that last autumn’s victory was no fluke.

“We respect the Italian side, they are well coached and I know the,y will be up for the challenge,” said Coetzee. “However, we focus on ourselves and a disciplined and clinical performance is what is needed this weekend.

“It would be important for our pack to again create a good platform of which to play from and therefore our set piece will be key in the expected wet conditions,” said Coetzee, who has won just ten of 23 Tests since taking the helm in 2016.

Skipper Eben Etzebeth will again lead the Springboks after the giant lock shrugged off a lower leg injury, which he suffered in Paris.

Flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit returns from concussion suffered in the Ireland mauling as Bongi Mbonambi makes his first start after 12 caps off the bench in place of Malcolm Marx, who has a shoulder injury.

Chiliboy Ralepelle replaces Mbonambi on the bench with uncapped back Warrick Gelant preferred to Damian de Allende among the replacements.

Azzurri coach Conor O’Shea, architect of the famous victory in his first year in charge, said he was not dwelling on his side’s famous result last time out.

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“It’s part of our history,” said O’Shea. “I’m not interested in it. We are focused on our future and our future is South Africa on Saturday in Padua.

“It will be a very, very tough game. They are a better team than a year ago. But we are also ourselves.”

Italy ended a series of nine consecutive defeats going back to their win over South Africa by winning their opening November Test against Fiji 19-10 in Sicily but lost the second 31-15 in Florence to Argentina.

“I’m sure we can be very competitive on Saturday against the Springboks if our focus is the right one,” said the former Harlequins coach.

“The Springboks are a great team, a month ago they were about to beat the All Blacks. It is true that they have struggled a lot against Ireland but over the past week have defeated France.

“But, as always, we have to think about ourselves, our performance, and not the opponents: we have great players in every role, just like them. We will have to repeat the high-level performance last week, concretising in the right moments.

“We want to close this 2017 with a performance that will make our fans proud of this national team.”

Flanker Giovanni Licata will make his first start for Italy as O’Shea made two changes. Licata, who has won two caps off the bench, replaces Francesco Minto while the other change sees Angelo Esposito replace Leonardo Sarto on the right wing.

Under O’Shea they have won only four of 21 Tests and three of those were against tier-two nations.

Italy: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Tommaso Castello, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi; 1 Andrea Lovotti, 2 Luca Bigi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 4 Marco Fuser, 5 Dean Budd, 6 Giovanni Licata, 7 Abraham Steyn, 8 Sergio Parisse (c).

Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Francesco Minto, 20 Renato Giammarioli, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Matteo Minozzi.

South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ross Cronje; 1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 3 Wilco Louw, 4 Eben Etzebeth (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 6 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter Steph du Toit, 8 Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Dan du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant.

Source: skysports

 

South Africa travel to Padua to meet Italy on Saturday in their penultimate fixture of this year’s outgoing tour.

Considering the quality of the opposition and their recent form, this is a match Allister Coetzee’s men would have been eyeing as the easiest of the tour, but if their shock defeat in Florence last year is anything to go by, nothing is a given.

Besides Saturday’s tight win against France in Paris, the visitors’ form has left a lot to be desired. That victory ended a five-game winless streak which included heavy defeats to New Zealand and Ireland.

The hosts, on the other hand are coming off a 31-15 home defeat at the hands of Argentina, a game which was preceded by a 19-10 victory against Fiji, their first win this year.

For these sides the last six games makes for sorry reading – both boasting just one win – with South Africa’s twin draws against Australia giving their record a bit of a glow compared to their opponents.

Head to head

Up until Italy’s shock 20-18 win in Florence last year, a Springbok defeat in a clash between these two sides was almost unthinkable. That was the hosts’ first win in 13 encounters against the Boks.

The man believed to have plotted the Boks’ demise, Brenden Venter has since switched camps and is working as the his home country’s defence coach, but the Italians still boast another South African in their ranks in Marius Goosen, their head coach.

The South Africans have inflicted heavy defeats on the Italians including their heaviest in history, where Nick Mallett’s then defending world champions racked up 101 unanswered points in June 1999.

The most points Italy have scored against South Africa were in a losing cause where they managed to run in 31 points, only for their opponents to double that tally.

Teams

Italy – TBA

South Africa: Andries Coetzee, Dillyn Leyds, Jesse Kriel, Francois Venter, Courtnall Skosan, Handre Pollard, Ross Cronje, Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Steven Kitshoff, Trevor Nyakane, Franco Mostert, Dan du Preez, Rudy Paige, Elton Jantjies, Warrick Gelant.

Kick off and live stream

Kick off is at 15:00 and the game will be broadcast on Supersport 1 (SS1).

Source: thesouthafrican

Scotland vs Australia: Live Stream Coverage, start time and TV channel autumn international

Scotland vs Australia: Live Stream Coverage, start time and TV channel autumn international

Scotland vs Australia: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

Scotland welcome the Wallabies to Murrayfield for what will be both teams’ final Test of the autumn series.

Both sides are hoping to bounce back from defeat after Scotland fell to an agonising defeat to the All Blacks, while Australia were comfortably beaten by England at Twickenham.

When is it?

Saturday, November 25.

What time is kick off?

The match is due to start at 2:30pm, but you can follow live build-up to the game with our live blog from 1:30pm.

Scotland welcome Australia to Murrayfield Credit: Reuters 

What TV channel is it on?

Coverage of the match begins from 2pm on BBC One.

What are they saying?

Gregor Townsend on Australia 

“It’s moving on – we play the current No 3 team in the world – arguably the best attacking team in the world.

“Australia beat New Zealand a few weeks ago. They were very good against Wales and had a lot of the game on a wet day against England, so we know we are playing one of the form teams in the world right now. If we drop our standards, we are not going to win.

“We’ve got to have the same endeavour [as the All Blacks game], the same mindset, the defensive performance in the first half especially, and what we did in the second half attack-wise – and then take it to another level.

“That’s the benefit of having another game this week. It is great for our guys that they get to go again. Yes, they are disappointed that they didn’t get the win, but we have another opportunity as a group to play a brilliant side and work to find a way to win.”

“They have improved a lot since then. They are a team on the up. The longer they have been together has helped them. They have excellent coaches. Michael Cheika being one, Stephen Larkham being another.

“Their fitness has improved a lot. I know that was something Southern Hemisphere commentators were talking about with Super Rugby. They look a very fit team. It’s the last game of their tour. They are probably hoping for dry weather given how wet it was last week [at Twickenham].

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“They play a similar brand of rugby and have a similar mindset every time they go into a game, which is moving the target. They kick the ball the least of any international team. Their back-line is put together with brilliant attacking players – I think there are three players of Fijian origin there. They’ve got outstanding half-backs and Kurtley Beale at full-back, so this is a quality outfit.

“One of the best forwards in the world in Michael Hooper and they’ve got an experienced front-row, so they are a top team. Against the current No 3 team in the world, we know it is going to require a better performance than we gave last week to win.”

“Fraser Brown and Sean Maitland come back in – these are experienced players who have played very well for Scotland and it’s great that they are available for such a big game.”

Michael Cheika when he asked if he called the Twickenham referee “a cheat” 

“No, I never said … what are you talking [about]?”

“Is that really what it’s coming down to? Don’t say you’re not. Have the respect for me to say, ‘I am doing that’ at least and I’m trying to fire it off. You know maybe I could’ve said something but if that’s the new thing, well yeah maybe I did swear.

“It happens sometimes in life. I’m sure you have as well, have you? Maybe the TV camera wasn’t on you at the time.

“They can replay whatever they like. If that’s what it’s come down to, that’s it. I’m trying to have an interview without getting stuck into that and you want to try to keep making it [about that].”

Team news

Scotland

Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), H Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Maitland (Saracens), Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Price (Glasgow Warriors), Marfo (Edinburgh), McInally (Edinburgh), Berghan (Edinburgh), Gilchrist (Edinburgh), J Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Barclay (Scarlets, capt), Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), Watson (Edinburgh).

Replacements: Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Z Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Toolis (Edinburgh), Du Preez (Edinburgh), Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Horne (Glasgow Warriors), McGuigan (Sale Sharks).

Australia are yet to name their starting XV

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Betting odds

Australia 8/5

Scotland 6/4

Draw 22/1

What’s our prediction?

Australia were unlucky to suffer such a heavy defeat at Twickenham and Michael Cheika’s men will be smarting. This one has all the makings of an incredibly tight Test match and the Murrayfield scoreboard should reflect that.

Prediction: Scotland 18-21 Australia 

Source : telegraph.co.uk

Wales vs New Zealand: Live Stream Coverage, start time and TV channel autumn international

Wales vs New Zealand: Live Stream Coverage, start time and TV channel autumn international

Wales vs New Zealand, autumn international: TV channel, start time, team news and prediction

Wales vs New Zealand

What is it?

Wales take on the All Blacks at the Principality Stadium in their toughest game of the autumn internationals.

When is it?

The game is on Saturday evening, thats November 25.

What time is kick-off?

The whistle will go at 5.15pm.

What TV channel is it on?

Wales vs New Zealand will be shown live on BBC Two, and the coverage begins at 4.45 pm. Or of course, you can follow all the live action right here with us when this very page turns into our live blog. Just bookmark and return.

What is the team news?

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Jamie Roberts returns to Wales’ match-day 23 after initially missing out on autumn Test squad selection.

The 31-year-old was then summoned as injury cover for Jonathan Davies, and he will offer Gatland considerable experience off the bench.

Tipuric, meanwhile, was sidelined from the Australia and Georgia Tests due to a thigh injury, but Gatland has opted to field Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi as his flankers. Both had solid games against the Wallabies.

The loss of both British and Irish Lions Liam Williams and Jonathan Davies represents a huge double for Gatland, although Scott Williams is a seasoned international campaigner and Amos and his fellow wing Steff Evans have scored three tries between them in Wales’ last two games.

Wales: L Halfpenny (Scarlets); H Amos (Dragons), S Williams (Scarlets), O Williams (Gloucester), S Evans (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys); R Evans (Scarlets), K Owens (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter), J Ball (Scarlets), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), A Shingler (Scarlets), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), T Faletau (Bath).

Replacements: K Dacey (Cardiff Blues), W Jones (Scarlets), L Brown (Dragons), C Hill (Dragons), J Tipruic (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets), R Priestland (Bath), J Roberts (Harlequins).

New Zealand

New Zealand captain Kieran Read will miss the All Blacks’ clash against Wales in Cardiff.

The number eight, who has won more than 100 caps, is sidelined by a back injury.

Read is replaced in the back-row by Luke Whitelock, with lock Sam Whitelock skippering the side for the first time.

One other injury-enforced change from the team that beat Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend sees lock Patrick Tuipulotu taking over from Luke Romano.

Elsewhere, Liam Squire starts in the back-row as New Zealand chase a 30th successive victory over Wales.

New Zealand: D McKenzie; W Naholo, R Crotty, S B Williams, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; K Hames, C Taylor, N Laulala, P Tuipulotu, S Whitelock (capt), L Squire, S Cane, L Whitelock.

Replacements: N Harris, W Crockett, O Tu’ungafasi, S Barrett, M Todd, TJ Perenara, L Sopoaga, A Lienert-Brown.

What are they saying?

Wales coach Warren Gatland:

“We have got a group of players who have had success, albeit in a different jersey.

“In the past there has been a fear factor of playing them, but familiarity means there isn’t that trepidation because players have played against them on a regular basis.

“The players appear calm and not so nervous and uptight as they have been in the past. We are encouraging our players to be confident and move the ball when the opportunities arise.

“People are saying things about the All Blacks at the moment. They are more dangerous than ever on Saturday because it is their last game on the tour.

“They know how to win, how to grind out performances. We are excited about the opportunity to play the best team in the world. If you can’t get up for that you shouldn’t be on the pitch.”

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen:

“There has been a real energy and buzz in the team this week as we prepare for the Test against Wales.

“The group has worked hard on its preparation, we’ve asked them to go bone deep and they are looking to deliver a performance we can all be proud of.

“History is a little bit like a drought.

“Every day you are one (day) closer to it raining, so every year they will be one closer to winning (against New Zealand).

“For us, we don’t talk about winning and losing, we talk about preparing and having a process that allows (us) to go out and play well or the best we can.”

What are the odds?

  • Wales 10/1
  • New Zealand 50/1
  • Draw 1/9

What is our prediction?

New Zealand to continue their dominance over Wales with 46-16 victory.

 

Japan vs France: Live Stream Coverage, Time and TV Schedule

Japan vs France: Live Stream Coverage, Time and TV Schedule

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Nanterre -Japan coach Jamie Joseph has made just one change to his team for Saturday’s Test match against France following last week’s win over Tonga.

The former All Black has brought in Yutaka Nagare at scrumhalf in place of Fumiaki Tanaka, who drops to the bench where flanker Yoshitaka Tokunaga replaces the injured Shunsuke Nunomaki.

Japan, who will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup, are hoping to spring a surprise on Guy Noves’ French team who are struggling after defeats to South Africa and New Zealand.

“We understand the French team is also under a lot of pressure from the public so maybe we can use that to our advantage,” said captain Michael Leitch.

“But I am sure France will come out and hope to put in a good performance for their fans.”

The “Brave Blossoms” are fresh from beating Tonga 39-6 in Toulouse last weekend.

Saturday’s match will be played at the recently-opened U Arena, a 30 000-capacity venue in Nanterre, just outside Paris.

Kick-off is at 22:00 SA time.

Teams:

France

15 Scott Spedding, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Judicaël Cancoriet, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Romain Taofifenua, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot

Substitutes: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Daniel Kotze, 18 Sebastien Taofifenua, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Fabien Sanconnie, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Mathieu Bastareaud, 23 Hugo Bonneval

Japan

15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Lomano Lemeki, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Michael Leitch (captain), 6 Kazuki Himeno, 5 Shinya Makabe, 4 Wimpie van der Walt, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki

Substitutes: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 20 Fetuani Lautami, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Sione Teaupa, 23 Yoshikazu Fujita

Rugby-Japan team to face France on Saturday

NANTERRE, France, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Japan coach Jamie Joseph on Friday named the following side to take on France at the U Arena in Nanterre on Saturday:

15- Kotaro Matsushima, 14-Lomano Lava Lemeki, 13-Timothy Lafaele, 12-Harumichi Tatekawa, 11-Kenki Fukuoka, 10-Yu Tamura, 9-Yutaka Nagare, 8-Amanaki Lelei Mafi, 7-Michael Leitch, 6-Kazuki Himeno, 5-Shinya Makabe, 4-Wimpie van der Walt, 3-Koo Ji Won, 2-Shota Horie, 1-Keita Inagaki

Replacements: 16-Atsushi Sakate, 17-Shintaro Ishihara, 18-Asaeli Ai Valu, 19-Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 20-Fetuani Lautaimi, 21-Fumiaki Tanaka, 22-Sione Teaupa, 23-Yoshikazu Fujita. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by John O‘Brien)

England vs Samoa : live stream Kick-off time, TV channel, and team news for autumn international

England vs Samoa : live stream Kick-off time, TV channel, and team news for autumn international

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England vs Samoa: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream and team news for autumn international

Eddie Jones’ side are looking for a clean sweep in their final autumn international

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ENGLAND take on Samoa as Eddie Jones looks to make it a clean sweep in the autumn internationals.

Tries from Elliot Daly, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May and Danny Care secured a flattering 30-6 win over Australia in last week’s match at Twickenham.

England are looking to make it an autumn international clean sweep after a 30-6 win over Australia

There had been questions about whether this week’s match would go ahead with Samoa Rugby Union in dire financial straits.

When is England vs Samoa Live?

England take on Samoa on Saturday, November 25.

The match will kick off at 3pm.

As always, it will be played at Twickenham.

What TV channel is England vs Samoa on?

England vs Samoa will be shown live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event.

Coverage on Sky Sports Action begins at 2.30pm while coverage on Sky Sports Main Event starts at 2.55pm.

Team news

BREAKING | Your England team, co-captained by and , to face Samoa on Saturday ? Full story:

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Women’s Rugby League World Cup: Canada players had to pay to play in tournament

Women’s Rugby League World Cup: Canada players had to pay to play in tournament

CANADA’S women’s rugby league players have had to set up GoFundMe accounts ahead of this week’s World Cup, to help with a number of expenses related to the tournament.

Ravens players, including Natalie King, Mackenzie Fane and Christina Burnham, have all used the social fundraising site in recent weeks in a bid to cover lost wages and bills while they are in Australia.

In what is their first time in the rugby league World Cup, the Canadian women will not receive any money to play in the tournament.

Instead, the women had to pay a fee, understood to be a few hundred dollars, to take part.

In comparison, the men’s top-tier nations earn $20,000 a match while minnow countries such as Tonga are being paid $500 per game.

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King said while the Canadian Rugby League had gathered a number of sponsors and were covering the major costs, the short notice did not help the women prepare for their time away.

“It felt very rushed because you made the team and then you had to leave for Australia in three weeks,” she said.

“I still have bills to pay when I get back. They don’t stop just because I’m playing in the rugby league World Cup.

“It’s just to help so I’m not struggling when I get back … I wasn’t expecting it to blow up the way it did.”

King — who only switched over from rugby union to league in May this year — set her fundraising goal at $2000 but was left stunned when the donations went over the $3200 mark.

As well as bills and lost wages, it is understood the Canadian women need money for some meals and travel expenses while in Sydney.

King, who works for her uncle’s window tinting company back home, just finished studying to become a registered massage therapist before she came over to Australia.

The Ravens are also not alone in the battle to produce money for the tournament, with a dinner held in September to raise funds for the PNG Orchids.

The Australian Prime Minister’s XIII and Australian Jillaroos attended the event in Port Moresby.

But, despite the struggles to afford their time here, it just proves how much the women care for the game.

Natalie King hopes Canada can make an impact. Picture: Nigel Hallett

King said Canada have a lot to prove in this tournament but she wants their performances to push for a bigger and better future.

“The whole team is very excited to see how we compare to other teams,” she said.

“We are very interested in how our rugby union skills will transfer over and if we can hold our own. It is exciting and somewhat intimidating.

“Rugby union is popular in Canada, but there’s definitely more opportunities with league. I would love to see a lot more girls get involved with league.”

Canada will kick off their World Cup campaign on Thursday, when they meet New Zealand in the first match of the tournament in Sydney.

The game will be shown live on 7mate, followed by Australia’s clash with Cook Islands.

Source: couriermail.com.au

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Rugby League World Cup, Quarter-finals 2017: Who v who, how to watch and who will win?

Rugby League World Cup, Quarter-finals 2017: Who v who, how to watch and who will win?

The group stages are complete for the Rugby League World Cup, and we have loved every moment up to this point. Now it’s on to the serious business, the quarter-finals

With Tonga beating New Zealand last Saturday in the game of the tournament so far, it now means that the Kangaroos and Kiwis can’t face off in the tournament decider. That leaves Tonga and England with much easier paths to the big dance.

We have all the information you need for the quarter-finals below.

QUARTER-FINAL 1: AUSTRALIA VS SAMOA

When and where is the game – Friday, November 17th. TIO Stadium, Darwin. 8.30pm (AEST).

How can I watch – The game will be televised on Channel 7.

Who is expected to win – Australia. The Aussies won three from three in the group stage and have a point differential of +94. Samoa didn’t win a game but qualified based on for and against.

Who is on fire – For Australia, Cameron Munster. The youngster hasn’t looked out of his depth at all. Josh Papalii has been very good for Samoa.

Which players are yet to step up – New Roosters half Cooper Cronk has been below his usual high standards. Jarome Luai is yet to peak for Samoa.

Where did they finish in the 2013 World Cup – Australia won the tournament whilst Samoa got knocked out in the quarter-finals by Fiji.

QUARTER-FINAL 2: TONGA VS LEBANON

When and where is the game – Saturday, 18th November. Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch. 3pm (AEST).

How can I watch – The game will be televised on 7MATE.

Who is expected to win – Tonga. The upset over New Zealand has Tonga looking like a real threat to take out the tournament. The are playing with pacey backs and big running forwards. Lebanon only won the one game –  against France.

Who is on fire – Who isn’t on fire for Tonga? We have to go with Jason Taumalolo, who has been sensational. Mitchell Moses has played out of his skin for Lebanon.

Which players are yet to step up – Tonga will be hoping that Will Hopoate can play a bigger role in the finals series. For Lebanon, Robbie Farah needs to step up.

Where did they finish in the 2013 World Cup – Tonga didn’t make it past the group stage, whereas Lebanon didn’t qualify.

QUARTER-FINAL 3: NEW ZEALAND VS FIJI

When and where is the game – Saturday, 18th November. Westpac Stadium, Wellington. 5:30pm (AEST).

How can I watch – The game will be televised on 7MATE.

Who is expected to win – New Zealand. Despite a shock loss to Tonga, the Kiwis are still as good as anyone on their day. Fiji won their three games against the US, Italy and Wales, but don’t have the depth to compete with New Zealand.

Who is on fire – Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been killing it at the back for the Kiwis, but Suliasi Vunivalu has arguably been the player of the tournament. The Fijian winger has crossed the line the most, with eight tries in three games.

Which players are yet to step up – Kiwi captain Adam Blair will hope to make a bigger contribution in the finals. Ashton Sims needs to do more for Fiji.

Where did they finish in the 2013 World Cup – Both teams lost to Australia. The Kiwis in the final, and Fiji in the semis.

QUARTER-FINAL 4: ENGLAND VS PNG

When and where is the game – Sunday, 19th November. AAMI Park, Melbourne. 4pm (AEST).

How can I watch – The game will be televised on 7MATE.

Who is expected to win – England. PNG have been one of the more exciting teams, but expect England to wear them down with their structure and skill.

Who is on fire – James Graham has been as consistent as ever which will excite St George-Illawarra fans. PNG winger Garry Lo may be the find of the tournament. He is electric!

Which players are yet to step up – Sean O’Loughlin brought his reputation from the Super League but is yet to hit full throttle. For PNG, more will be expected of Kurt Baptiste.

Where did they finish in the 2013 World Cup – England were pipped by New Zealand in the semis, and PNG failed to make it past the group stage.

RANDOM PUB TRIVIA

Only four teams have ever made the final. Australia, New Zealand, England and France.

Australia has won the most World Cup’s with 10 trophies.

Source: sportingnews.com

Live of All Blacks v France rugby (NewZealand) Test at Paris’ Stade de France ,Live Score,Update ,blog

Live of All Blacks v France rugby (NewZealand) Test at Paris’ Stade de France ,Live Score,Update ,blog

NEW Zealand captain Kieran Read wants his team to honour the country’s war dead with a performance befitting world champions against France on Armistice Day.

The All Blacks tackle hosts France at the Stade de France in Paris on Sunday (6.45am AEDT), 100 years since more than 13,000 New Zealanders were killed and another 35,000 injured in fighting on the Western Front during the First World War.

“It’s a great day to be playing rugby — Armistice Day — and it’s really important for us to put in a good showing,” said Read of the day in 1918 when the Great War ended on the Western Front.

“A lot of New Zealanders lost their lives and a lot of them are still (buried) here in France. We really want to respect that and we’re looking forward to it.”

More than 100,000 New Zealanders out of a then population of just one million served in some capacity in the First World War, with almost 17,000 dying in total across the different theatres with more than 41,000 injured.

Quite apart from marking that special occasion, Read is simply keen for his teammates to put on a good showing, particularly coming just three weeks after their second defeat of 2017, 23-18 to Australia in Brisbane.

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“Our main objective is going out there and playing well,” said the 107-times capped 32-year-old loose forward.

“You’re not necessarily going to score heaps of tries or blow teams off the park, but you’ve just got to have a really good attitude and if we can see that I’m sure we’ll do well.” Read acknowledged that France will pose a very different challenge to that which they faced in the recent Rugby Championship against South Africa, Australia and Argentina, in which they won all six matches with four-try bonus points before their surprise defeat to the Wallabies in a third encounter this year.

 

— Physical challenge —

“We’re certainly going to have to front up physically. Against northern hemisphere teams our forward pack’s going to be crucial — it’s a given — and then from that, just to execute our skills, which is important.

“And being able to adapt as well, the French will certainly put pressure on us in different ways.” New Zealand have not lost to France since a 27-22 defeat in Dunedin in 2009, winning 10 straight since.

In fact since the 2007 World Cup in France, the All Blacks have only lost four times to northern hemisphere sides: to France in Dunedin, then to England at Twickenham in 2012, Ireland in Chicago last year and the British & Irish Lions in July.

After this match they will go on to face Scotland and Italy, two teams against which they have never lost.

France will have their work cut out after a spate of injuries weakened their playing resources, forcing head coach Guy Noves to pick a new and untried halfback pairing with 20-year-old scrum-half Antoine Dupont making his first start and 21-year-old Anthony Belleau given his debut at fly-half.

“It’s an unknown in terms of some of their personnel but the team over the last couple of years has probably improved in how they’re playing the game,” added Read.

“They’re certainly showing some of their old flair and willingness to throw the ball around.

“They’re the team that generates the most offloads in world rugby and there’s some great quick ball as well so their ruck speed is really fast.

“Look, we’ve just got to be prepared to defend for a long period of time and when we get our chances we can put them under pressure.”

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France (15-1): Nans Ducuing, Teddy Thomas, Mathieu Bastareaud, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Yoann Huget, Anthony Belleau, Antoine Dupont; Louis Picamoles, Kevin Gourdon, Judicael Cancoriet, Paul Gabrillagues, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado (c), Jefferson Poirot

Reserves: Clement Maynadier, Raphael Chaume, Daniel Kotze, Paul Jedrasiak, Anthony Jelonch, Baptiste Serin, Francois Trinh-Duc, Damian Penaud.

New Zealand (15-1): Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (c), Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Kane Hames

Reserves: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Lima Sopoaga, Anton Lienert-Brown

Source:  foxsports.com.au

Wallabies v Wales v Australia

Wallabies v Wales v Australia

Australia vs Wales  | Wales confront Australia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday as they dispatch a harvest time arrangement that additionally incorporates meetings with Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Here are five ideas before the nations’ 41st meeting.

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Would wales be able to end their long losing keep running against Australia?

Warren Gatland achieved the tenth commemoration of his arrangement as Wales head mentor on Thursday. The last time Wales beat Australia, he had been in control for scarcely a year. It is a long and baffling losing keep running from a Welsh viewpoint, beaten 12 times in progression by the Wallabies, with seven of those thrashings in Cardiff and a large portion of the aggregate misfortunes being by five focuses or less. With Australia prowling in Wales’ 2019 World Cup pool, this end of the week would be an ideal time for Gatland’s players to begin reviewing the adjust.Australia vs Wales

Why are Wales such moderate starters in the harvest time Tests?

Australia vs Wales

In the event that Wales’ record against Australia was sufficiently terrible, at that point their outcomes in harvest time arrangement openers are critical. Not since 2002, when 129 times-topped prop Gethin Jenkins influenced his Test to make a big appearance amid a 40-3 triumph over Romania in Wrexham, have Wales commenced a fall crusade with triumph. They are famously moderate starters, which stands out from their exhibitions at the last two World Cups when they were semi-finalists (2011) and quarter-finalists (2015) in the wake of fraternizing in advance and getting straight down to business. A first end of the week win is long late.Australia vs Wales

Will Wales’ new tactical approach of fielding two midfield playmakers work?

Gatland has gone down the route he followed during this year’s British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand by fielding two midfield playmakers in fly-half Dan Biggar and inside centre Owen Williams to face Australia.

Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell did the job superbly against the All Blacks, while England boss Eddie Jones has used it with considerable success, pairing Farrell and George Ford together. Creativity and attacking width will be key for Biggar and Williams as Wales look to capitalise fully on any quick ball they get.

Have Wales got one injury too many on this occasion?

Wales are two years out from the next World Cup, and it will be fascinating to see how the likes of Williams, wing Steff Evans and flanker Josh Navidi fare on Saturday. Additionally, there are three uncapped players – Leon Brown, Sam Cross and Owen Watkin –

on the Wales replacements’ bench, but it is impossible to ignore absent stars. Injuries have sidelined four Lions – Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb and George North – while prop Samson Lee is sidelined because of an Achilles problem, so resources are being tested, particularly among the substitutes, where Wales have just 37 caps’ worth of experience, compared with Australia’s 293. Developing strength in depth is key, but they might just lack a sprinkling of stardust on this occasion.Australia vs Wales

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Owen Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Josh Navidi, 8 Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Sam Cross, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Owen Watkin, 23 Hallam Amos.

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 1 Scott Sio, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3 Sekope Kepu, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 A Coleman, 6 Ned Hanigan, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 8 Sean McMahon.

England vs Argentina Live

England vs Argentina Live

England vs Argentina Live | England welcome Argentina to south west London on Saturday as they open their fall arrangement against the World Cup semi-finalists.

It will be England’s third straight Test against the Pumas after Eddie Jones’ men won both matches on their voyage through Argentina in June.

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Australia and Samoa visit Twickenham later in November, after which England’s record under Jones could remain at 22 wins from 23 Tests
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Date: Saturday 11th November 2017
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports

The England mentor named every one of the 10 of his accessible British and Irish Lions in his 26-man preparing squad in the development to the amusement in spite of beforehand expressing he would stand them down for all or part of the harvest time because of their association against New Zealand.
TV and live coverage

Sky Sports will be broadcasting the match live with build-up from 2pm, while BBC Five Live Sports Extra will provide coverage on the radio.

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Team news
All Blacks keeping close eye on England tactics in autumn Tests

England coach Eddie Jones has omitted Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje from his squad to face Argentina on Saturday and has handed starts to Henry Slade at centre and number seven Sam Underhill. England vs Argentina Live

Farrell and Itoje are both rested as part of Jones’s long-term plan to ease the workload of some of his British and Irish Lions and both are expected to return for next week’s clash against Australia.

Slade played at 12 in both games on England’s summer tour of Argentina, while 21-year-old Underhill gets the chance to stake a claim for the open-side flanker berth having also played against the Pumas in June for his only cap.

Elliot Daly will start on the wing having made a quicker-than-expected recovery from a knee injury while captain Dylan Hartley retains the hooker berth ahead of Lions first choice Jamie George. England vs Argentina Live
Starting line-ups

England: Brown; Watson, Joseph, Slade, Daly; Ford, Youngs; Vunipola, Hartley (capt), Cole, Lawes, Kruis, Robshaw, Underhill, Hughes

Replacements: George, Genge, Williams, Launchbury, Simmonds, Care, Lozowski, Rokoduguni

Argentina: Tuculet; Moyano, Moroni, Gonzalez Iglesias, Boffelli; Hernandez, Landajo; Botta, Creevy (capt), Chaparro, Alemanno, Lavanini, Matera, Kremer, Lezana

Replacements: Montoya, Noguera, Pieretto, Macome, Senatore, Bertranou, Sanchez, Cancellere

Weather

Overnight showers could make the pitch slippery, but come kick-off, it should be dry, if a little chilly.

Prediction

Argentina were dreadful defensively during the Rugby Championship, and if the same glaring errors show up again, Anthony Watson and co. could run riot. A 44-10 victory would be a great way to start off the Autumn Internationals with Australia to come next week.